Mennonites, Land and the Environment: A Global History.

Mennonites, Land and the Environment:
A Global History

An Academic and Community Education Conference
Hosted by the Chair in Mennonite Studies at The University of Winnipeg
October 21 & 22, 2016.

This academic conference focuses on the environmental history of Mennonite farm communities around the world. It explores the historic relationship between Mennonites and the land and is concerned with changing ideas on food production, sustainability and natural beauty. This 20th conference interprets the interaction of Mennonites with century agricultural changes in comparative perspective, including the Global South and Global North. The conference features papers from Canada, Bolivia, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Russia, the United States and Zimbabwe, and invites presentations from across the globe.


  • Environmental History, Soil Stewardship and Farm Land
  • Climate Change, Global Warming and Mennonite Responses
  • Gender: Women and Men in Garden and Farmyard
  • Generations, Folklore and Old Wisdoms in Farm Culture
  • Anabaptist Non-Violence, Simplicity and Environmental Sustainability
  • Transnationalism: Mission Farm, Migrant Settlements
  • Ideas: Nature, Beauty and the Divine over Time
  • A Globalizing Economy and Mennonite Agriculture
  • Dictates of Technology and Economies of Scale
  • Intrusive States, Farm Policy and Mennonite Farms
  • The Colonialized South versus a Commercialized North
  • Land for the Poor, the Young and the Displaced
  • Comparative: Climate, Geography, Politics, Denomination
  • Artifacts and Architecture of Agraria: Material Culture and the Farm

Please submit a 100 word proposal and short CV to Royden Loewen, Chair in Mennonite Studies at email by December 1, 2015.

Conference Advisory Committee: John Eicher, University of Iowa; Hans Peter Fast, Amsterdam; Susie Fisher, University of Manitoba; Aileen Friesen, University of Winnipeg; Danang Kristiawan, GITJ Japara, Indonesia; Belinda Ncube, Matopo Mission, Zimbabwe; Benjamin Nobbs-Thiessen, Emery University.

Download Call for Papers (227kb PDF)

Call for Papers

Conference or Publication
University of Winnipeg
Proposal Deadline
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Posted on 8 Nov 2015 - 4:14pm